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near me. i am greg gutfeld and i will see you soon. the u.s. and its allies continue attacks on government forces. the lawmakers here wonder what is the end game? this is as uprising spread to other nations raising bigger questions about the region. group of g.o.p. presidential hopefuls head to iowa. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm jim angele in for bret baier. african countries are calling for transition to lead to the democratic connections in libya. libyan government delegation is meeting in ethiopia with five african heads of state who want a roadmap for political reform there. political leaders don't have representative at the meeting. coalition forces continue to pound those loyal to gaddafi. the national correspondent jennifer griffin explains why cit exit is likely not in cards. >> good evening. on day seven of the operation over libya, command of the operation still in question and not likely to be settled before sunday at the earliest. >> a transition process that will take through the weekend, more allied pilots begone taking the l
week." u.s. and allied bombs and missiles hammer libyan targets. the rebels gain ground. and the president prepares to make his pitch to the american people. >> it's u.s. policy that gadhafi needs to go. >> what if gadhafi stays? just back from the middle east, robert gates and hillary clinton come to "this week" for their first interviews since the attacks began to make the president's case. what does victory look like? kit be achieved? at what cost? >>> then -- >> i don't have any regrets at all. >> what would donald rumsfeld do in a third war. and he'll respond to critics who say he's been rewriting history. >>> and george will and the "roundtable" will talk to us. why is one hopeful having a tough time agreeing with himself. >> announcer: live from the newseum. >>> some major developments in libya. rebel forces have scored a key victory taking back the oil town of brega in theest. they continue the push west. abc's alex marquardt is in benghazi. what is the mood there? >> reporter: a lot of gun fire and horn honking. a quick advance toward the west was expected follo
fighters are being easily out maneuvered. >> it is being reported in the u.s. that president obama signed a secret presidential order in the past three weeks authorizing covert support for opposition forces who have been trying to topple colnel gadhafi. news coming amid a debate of arming the forces opposed to colnel gadhafi. >> the details are fairly sketchy to be honest. we have had confirmation tonight that over the past two or three weeks president obama signed what is called a presidential finding, essentially a directive that paves the way for covert military operations to take place in libya by american forces aiding the rebel forces. there are reports in the "new york times" saying c.i.a. is already in libya, which i don't think some will find too surprising. but so far the white house and c.i.a., as you would expect, refused to comment. >> interesting to point out that we are being told that government sources confirming that barack obama signed this operation some two or three weeks ago, which is interesting because we heard from him last night talking about arming rebels in the
for the u.s., the intel community, works very hard to provide the administration, whatever administration is, with the best information possible and available at that moment. whoever has the best information likely is going to make the best decisions in the best interest of the u.s., which is not to engage in war overseas. there is a tendency to think that is what we're doing, that are warmongers. the real world is, unfortunately, more difficult. i would argue that thegency, you know, is a tool used by any administration to enhance transparency, to minimize the risk that people face overseas, that the government faces overseas. then again people will be watching this. ey will think hey that mike baker is pretty subjective. hostmimike baker a >> president obama is speaking about libya later today from national defense university. ahead of the speech, the associated press wrote that the white house made it clear that it was not a precedent for involvement in other nations that hold strategic interests for the u.s.. we will have the president's speech live at 7:30 eastern and we will take your
is a highly developed country. it is as technologically sophisticated as us, and there's much concern in the u.s. that a similar accident can occur here. how do you respond to that concern? >> well, first, i would agree with you. the reactor in chernobyl was of a different design. it was-- it had point of instability. it had no containment vessel. but we are looking very carefully at what is naepg japan because, as you say, they're using more advanced designs. a number of reactors in the united states have similar designs, and we're going to look at what went wrong in terms of the double-barreled whammy this huge, hung earthquake and huge su, and look to our reactors again and learn as much as we can so we can, if needed, improve the safety. by "if needed" what i really mean is we're always increasing the safety of our reactors, and not only our reactors but the safety of all our industrial systems. >> mr. secretary, two days ago a number of us wrote to chairman upton, whitfield, and stearns, asking our committee here investigate and hold hearings about the safety and prepared understandness of
then become the largest class action employment suit in u.s. history. walmart, america's largest private employer, says, no, the class would be too big, the plaintiffs too dissimilar, the issues too many to litigate. the plaintiffs say walmart wants a big company exception to civil rights 0 law. two lower federal courts have ruled the class and case can go forward. that brings us to the supreme court where we now have three women justices, the most ever. cnn's kate bolduan has been following the case for us and joins us to recap the arguments. kate, good to see you. any sign that the women justices were at all receptive to the plaintiffs? >> reporter: that's very interesting. i would say, first off, that it did seem in the courtroom with the aggressive question you did hear from the female justices, that they were receptive to the women's claims to the sides of the plaintiffs. but, as i just said, there are three women on this court. so what it's looking like -- we always have to give it a huge caveat here because of course we never know until the justices rule -- from the commentary and
, and these are u.s. company that is have their core base here. the good news is i think if we meet the object i haves -- objectives that we've talked about, we will stimulate clean technologies, software, hardware, all of the real disruptive technologies that we are talking about. they are global, their competitors are global, they have to be global. i think if we do the right thing, we are going to do well by exports. which is real positive. >> this is a really important point. we tend to maybe think of these things in silos. but one the president's key initiatives is doubling exports over the next five years. and, of course, that involves, you know, large companies, boeing and others. when you look at the numbers, the real way we're going to do is in increasing in the small and medium-sized enterprises. turns out that 30% of the exports are from small and medium-sized enterprises. and that's disproportionally small. and there's only 250,000 small companies that export. so if you look at the math, there's almost three million small businesses $30 million smalls. xiii of them who have traded go
or airplanes. he stressed the u.s. is diplomatically supporting the no-fly zone, not the enforcement itself. no american troops on the ground, no american planes, no enforcement itself, that's what we know. what we don't know is a lot bigger. joining us now, eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." thanks for being here. >> good evening, chris. >> what do you make of president obama's remarks on libya today? are we now at war? was that the communication? even coming away from it, i had a hard time answering that question for myself. >> when i heard the president's speech, i thought gee, we might be, and here is why. he said very clearly that as far as he's concerned and the united states is concerned, gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead. he forfeited the right to be president of libya, and he set these demands, gadhafi has to stop, he has to withdraw, these are not negotiable and there will be consequences. so that to me says we are going to use force to make gadhafi do what we want him to do. >> and of course, if he doesn't do what we want him to do,
and i think u.s. can be a little more creative in this area. iran has four main goals in afghanistan. one is to keep the taliban from completely taking over again, even though it plays a double or triple gain and give some support to taliban, it doesn't want taliban in the country. second is the extend the flow of drugs which has made iran the most addicted country in the world. a third is to do something about the sunni area which feeds a sunni in iran's own beluche area. and finally, iran wants the united states to withdraw is troops from afghanistan although i would think they would be prepared to have some limits provided there's assurance this would not be used as base that the united states could attack iran. some of these issues are already being explored. there was a track that explored in meetings and the iranian participants said they wanted to see a increased role for the united nations and the establishment of a core group to discuss afghanistan. similar to the bond groups that help set up the first government in afghanistan after the ove
onboard the ship. bound for libyan air space. as of tuesday, the u.s. says a total of 108 strikes have been launched on libyan targets and more than 160 missiles fired. >>> the strikes are all part of a u.n.-backed effort to stop colonel gadhafi's forces from attacking civilians, but libya's leader is defiant. he's urging his people to resist what he calls fascist aggression. here he is vowing to fight on to victory. >> translator: we will be victorious in this fight. we will not give up. we -- they will not terrorize us. we are making fun of their rockets. the libyans are laughing at these rockets. >> the uprising in libya started in the eastern city of benghazi and spread across large parts of the country. the government's forces took back a lot of ground, but benghazi is in the hands of the opposition still. reza sayah is there now and joins us. give us an idea of the situation today there. >> quite a different story in benghazi than what we're hearing over the past 24 hours in tripoli. relatively calm, quiet, and peaceful. and i think that's the case for the eastern front of this w
than gaddafi. host: we will he coverage of the president's speech to the nation of the u.s. involvement in libya coming from the national defense university. live cerage at 7:30 p.m. eastern time, 4:30 p.m. on the west coast. for more details, go to our web span.org.uesc- next caller. caller: mike x brother in law as a retired navy cmdr. winners in this latest war is a military industrial complex. mike, you are a good spokesperson for t work complex. is there ever a program of conflict resolution? what if all of the people working for him on conflict resolution -- we have all of these people and putting troop on the ground. where is conflict resolution in this scenario? guest: i would argue that there has been a concerted effort to avoid escalating this problem in libya. we saw that early on when there was a great deal of complaining about the fact that we were not getting involved sooner. during the course of that, there was this conflict resolution effort. the problem is there was a drum beatrom both extremes sides. there was a call for a no-fly zone. some wanted to go out there immed
. >> of the united nations representative for afghanistan said the u.s.-led surge in the country is working. he spoke and the middle east institute in washington as the u.s. voted to extend its mission by one year. this is 55 minutes. >> he has come from new york where he was talking about afghanistan. i believe the security council is voting today. is that correct? on thursday, he was talking about the u.s. role in afghanistan and its camilla -- commitment to the development of the country. the u.n. plays an important role. there are 34 representatives in afghan provinces. they spent over $1 billion on the country last year. food programs, health services, and infrastructure and development. the afghans are asking to take a greater lead in all aspects of government and development and the efforts to achieve peace. staffan de mistura made it clear that the u.n. takes these calls for sovereignty. seriously. what are the challenges of handing over greater responsibility to the afghan government? how can the u.n. support the process and maintain its commitment to the development of afghanistan? these qu
by the west. >> and he predicted the unrest. >> in the meantime, what is happening with u.s. jobs? >> it's the big day. we're expecting bumper numbers on the back of really good days that have come out of the u.s. better service industry numbers and retail numbers. economists are expecting is 50,000 to 200,000 jobs added for the last month. >> and this is nasa's newest satellite lifted off. known as goir. not terribly modest, is it? it will spend the next three years looking at tiny airborne particles, we're told, and the effects they have on the earth's climate. >> two minutes into the glory mission. all systems nominal. >> and china is to raise this year's military budget by nearly13% -- nearly 13%. it said its military upgrades are purely for defensive purposes. our correspondent was there and i asked him what the money would be spent on. >> they say they are spebbeding it on a military modernizeization system. but they are the developing stealth fighters as well as nuclear submarines and china wants to launch its first aircraft carrier. so they say this is entirely peaceful, but i th
's speech, i am joined by richard murphy, it was the former u.s. ambassador to syria. think ford joining the program. -- thank you for joining the program. the president said there would be impending reform, but did not give the reform the wanted to see at a few weeks later he was out of power. that is not the case the caseassad of syria. -- that is not the case with president assad of syria. am i think you are right, he is a person who has popularity. he is counting on both to carry him through. while his spokesperson a few days ago, monday i believe, said there would be a committee formed to study a series of reforms including lifting the emergency law, obviously, thus far the committee has said this is not the moment, given that the government is facing a most serious challenge that it has had since president assad became president in 2000. that is the protests and the bloodshed and government crackdowns continue, is there a tipping point or even that regime says enough is enough, we have to give some? >> i think it is possible they will come up with some reforms. he repeated that tod
is falling against the u.s. dollar, currently trading at 1.407 6. but on the other hand, the dollar is gaining against the british pound and the japanese yen. when it comes to the yen, that's trading at 83.02. and the pound trading at 1.6025. pauline? >>> the weaker yen gave exporters a big boost in the tokyo trading this session. the nikkei reversed several days of losses to become the region's top performer on this wednesday. but tokyo electric power's shares continue to take a beating. they close down 18% for a third straight day. now they're down more than 71% for the year. around the rest of the region, mining and metals companies lift australia's benchmark. bhp billiton and rio tinto gained 2% by the close. and property stocks were the winners after reports. hutchinson alcoa was the best performer up nearly 4%. >>> the nuclear crisis is taking a toll on the company's president. he's hospitalized suffering from fatigue and stress. meantime, the chief executive of tokyo electric power has apologized for the wide range of damage caused by the fukushima daiichi power plant. the na
. clearly they need help but u.s. defense secretary says countries other than the u.s. can step in with training. robert gates is on capitol hill amid new revelations of cia people gathering facts and cultivating contacts on the battlefield. here's a bit of what he told the house arms services committee. >> i can't speak to any cia activities but i will tell you that the president has been quite clear that in terms of the united states military, there will be no boots on the ground. >> now i want to show you a libyan city that's far from rebel territory but a battleground in every sense. misrata, which we've already mentioned there in yellow. almost from the start of this uprising, misrata has been under siege from government tank, artillery, even snipers. an independent reporting has been all but impossible in fact we don't even know who controls misrata anywhere but cnn's frederik pleitgen managed to enter the city yesterday and when he found, well you will have to see from yourself. fred, joins us from a ship not far from the misrata port. fred, tell us about your odyssey the
understanding, as well. and how many did we drop? >> 200. >> this hour, susan rice, u.s. ambassador to the united nations, senator joe lieberman. plus, nearly 30 years to the day since white house press secretary james brady was shot during assassination attempt on president ronald reagan. gun control advocates, jim and sarah brady are here for a rare live interview. >> caught fire. shot fire. >> followup, rawhide is okay? good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama says that the u.s. has done its job in libya and is reallyf trade hand over control to nato but tell take longer than he has said. nbc news has learned today that the handover will not be tomorrow, more likely toward the end of the week. meanwhile, secretary of state hillary clinton is at a libya summit in london today. this morning, she met with an envoy to discuss the next steps. >> we cannot and must not attempt to impose our will on the people of libya, but we can and must stand with them as they determine their own destiny. >> today, a top nato commander said that international pressure will li
said in a potential intervention would come with regret. u.s. and allied forces meeting in paris to talk about potential military action. president obama said yesterday that the united states will take part in a no-flight effort. -- no-fly effort. we want to get your thoughts on the u.s. joined the no-fly effort. here is how you can contribute this morning. here iare the numbers at the bottom of your screen. the president announcing yesterday in a statement about the united states supporting a no-fly zone. this has been done by several allies. we will take a look at the headlines on "washington journal" this morning. mr. obama sketched out an american military role. -- rule. you have probably seen other headlines this morning as well. meetings are going on to talk about the strategy with the united states and other allied forces. the president made the statement yesterday about joining the no- fly zone effort. he spoke about what the united states will not do. here is what he had to say. >> i want to be clear about what we will not be doing. the united states is not going to depl
150 people dead. former u.s. president jimmy carter has visited age-old american contractor in cuba. he was imprisoned for illegally providing internet access to cuban citizens. mr. carter says the authorities have made clear they did not intend to release him. now to japan, where the woes of the fukushima nuclear plant continue unabated. today, the country's nuclear safety agency said it has discovered the highest levels of radiation to date in seawater near the vicinity. -- to the facility. they acknowledged for of the six reactors at the plant will need to be scrapped. the company's process checked into a hospital with high blood pressure and dizziness. -- the company's loss check into a hospital. >> from the strip -- from the stricken plant to the sea, radiation is leaking. they don't know how or where it's coming from, but the levels are extraordinary. the government insists that contamination will be deleted as it spreads. this man is not sure. he farms seaweed 120 miles south of the plant. he's trying to salvage his nets, wrecked by the tsunami. the problems for -- the proble
. the u.s. stepped up their military campaign overnight firing more than 20 tomahawk cruise missiles at a weapons site at a storage facility in tripoli. >> for two days they've race -- they've raced back and forth. organized and supplies, their gains have proved agile while air strikes gave them confidence. their poeten as i is there even though they have lack of weapons. >> it's fair to say if we wanted to get weapons in libya, we probably could. we are looking at all our options at this point. >> in london a cavel kade of more than 40 countries met and planned what a post gaddafi libya might look like. some wondered if gaddafi could be persuaded into exile. but they are looking at upholding the resolution. >> the arms embargo applies to the whole of libya, though they might allow equipment to be given to people purely to defend themselves in a limited way. but we have not taken decision to do that. >> as gaddafi supporters celebrated yesterday's advances, this conflict is looking more finely balanced. anti-aircraft like these may dominate libyan skies but so far their mission has b
whether the u.s. military should arm the rebel forces. there's a lot of concern among some members of congress about who the rebels really are and whether decision to arm them could come back to bite in that respect for the u.s. there is a concern about whether garmin the rebels will be the right decision. -- arming the rebels will be the right decision. >> moussa koussa has arrived in libya having defected from the libyan regime. has there been any comment on this from the white house? quite strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. -- >> strangely, the white house has been quiet on this issue. that is surprising, really. we have not had any comment on this whatsoever. there is the issue as to whether the u.s. will arm rebel forces. the white house spokesperson has said that we are not ruling it out or in. the obama administration is fairly tight lid on this choice. this directive that was signed by president obama does not necessarily mean that the army has already taken place -- arming has already taken place. >> the u.n. security council has unanimously ordered s
in libya face more setbacks in the push against moammar gadhafi's forces. u.s. president barack obama says he will not rule out arming the rebels. >>> a decisive moment in syria, the world is waiting to hear what the president will say one day after his cabinet quit. bashar assad will "face the nation" and has been lying low after two weeks of violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protests. thousands have been killed. and they poured into the capital tuesday. it is said the president could be about to lift the emergency law in place since 1963. he will bring you the address live as soon as it begins. >> right now, we're joined by hala gorani. you interviewed the spokesman from the embassy. good to see you. did he say anything about what we can expect bashar to say? >> we have spoken to embassy members and others and we are expecting bashar al-assad to lift the state of emergency that has been in place longer than he has been alive, 1962, the baathi baathi baathist coup that brought them in power. it won't happen in syria concretely until it does. you have critics who
on the ground were the clearest indication that intensive air strikes carried out by the u.s., french and naval assets over the past week have softened up the libyan military considerably. meanwhile, the front page of " the new york times" - below the fold in the new york times, there's a story on the event recovered live on c-span yesterday. this is prompting us to ask republicans to define what will define the gop primary. with that, republicans only -- 202 the area code. our first call is from ardmore, oklahoma. caller: good morning. i believe the people of united states, their first concern is the economy. another thing we have to be concerned about is full disclosure. in this administration under obama, there has never been such hit in things. he spends money like going to brazil and giving out this money. they owe us tons of money. under the clinton years clinton lent them $100 billion. it goes on and on and on. when did congress lose the power of the purse? the other thing which is the greatest thing in our nation is we have to come back to god and of this nation repents if my people cal
, can you elaborate? >> i have had the privilege in this job a traveling to half of the u.s. attorney's offices across the country. as part of our visits to make sure that we are aggressively enforcing civil rights laws and listening, we are listening and learning as i did in chicago from. sticklers north dakota muslim sheik is on committee. it really tears my heart out to listen to this story. i will never forget a trip to tennessee where and iman talks about how his son does not want to go to school because he is so scared every day. they were telling him, go home, you terrorist. this is his own. we see this across the country. we see this in a wide array of areas, employment, religious zoning context, school context. >> according to data from the equal opportunity employment commission, muslims of 0.45% of religious discrimination cases. those i mentioned earlier comprise less than 1% of the population. "there is a level of hatred and animosity that is shocking. i have been doing this for 31 years, i have never seen such an to pass the toward workers." among other things, the suit
what's happening on the ground, as you see the interviews with general hamm, the u.s. commander, africa commander, talk about this, clearly he's in charge right now. and presumably and everybody says will hand that off to a coalition, to nato, to be in charge at some point. secretary gates reiterated that again today. but in the meantime, it's -- its t -- it seems to be an awkward situation for the military. on the other hand, no-fly zones, that's something we've done before. again, that's the tactic. that's not the end game. that's not the strategy. and that has jet to be revealed, i think. >> finally, general myers, if you were running the armed forces in this operation, what would be the one thing you would want clarity on from president obama? >> well, i think any person in the military, certainly anybody in the modern military in the last couple of decades at the strategic level worries about mission creep, having an undefined mission and allowing it to creep. i understand that prettyem with, having been -- pretty well, having been around in iraq and afghanistan. admiral mullen i'm
that the u.s. should establish a no-fly zone over libya. >> what would you do about libya? >> exercise a no-fly zone this evening. communicate to the libyan military that gadhafi was gone. and that the sooner they switch sides, the more likely they were to survive. provide help to the rebels to replace him. this this is a moment to get rid of him, do it, get it over with. the united states doesn't need anybody's permission. >> do you think moammar gadhafi has to go as a result of intervention. >> i would not have intervened. i think there are allies in the region that we could have worked with. i would not have used american and european forces. >> all right. >> wait, wait, wait. i don't understand that. hold on. >> he says on his facebook page that the two statements are not a contradiction. believe that. and that the bottom line is that he wishes the u.s. military hadn't gotten involved militarily. >> let's go to ouring inning nh desk at 30 rock. mikey, in that first clip with greta -- >> come on, mike. >> he did not talk about throwing the kitchen sink at gadhafi. everything else was th
contacts or other u.s. officials' contacts with the opposition since the -- that first meeting in paris between the secretary and mr. jabril. and tell us if you are at all closer to making a decision on whether to follow the lead that france so helpfully started out a couple weeks and recognizing them a legitimate government. >> since the start of the crisis, when we saw that the council had constituted itself as some kind of temporary governing body, i and certainly members of my staff recognized that some of those people were people that we had dealt with during our tenures in libya. and so right from the start, i had been reaching out to the leaders of the council. and since that time, since the embassy was reconstituted here as i said, we had extensive dealings and contacts through our various programs, especially educational programs, with the people of the east. i had a very active public affairs section in libya, and they were always communicating with the -- with the doctors and jurists and people who, in fact, now are part of the council. so we had a good in to those people. si
. in the u.s., they're not concerned so they lobby in a different direction. >> thank you. i will ask one more question. this is my second round. if you fast forward to today and look at the other end of the buchan, march 4, 2011, problems we have now, the chair has described moral hazard and the like. we talked about that. what did you do? i can anticipate your answers as i think you've given them, just to make it very clear on the record, what would you recommend march 4, 2011? >> briefly, first, i want to emphasize the things we have said. one, you need more capital. and that you need increasing capital has to be with the size of the bank's, the risk of too big to fail. it has to be that this distortion has to be eliminated. secondly, if you have a problem, you should play by the ordinary rules of capitalism. when you go into bankruptcy, you convert that to equity. it is really a version of the standard rules of capitalism. you look at the numbers back in citibank, they had enough long- term capital it was more than enough to manage them, more than we put in. the answer -- the resoluti
and bin jawad. and the u.s. president has signed a secret order to allow the american government to support rebel troops. the white house is refusing to comment. >>> there is no end in sight to japan's nuclear nightmare, radiation levels surged to new highs in ocean water near the damaged fukushima plant. samples taken near the plant show radiation levels 4,000 times higher than normal. and officials say they don't know how to stop it. >>> on a mission of solidarity, due to meet with prime minister of tokyo, to show support for the people from the french president. >>> it was thought bashar al assad would announce end to emergency law in place nearly 50 years. amateur video on youtube shows at least one person badly wounded in the city of sti ocit. at least 16 people were killed there in yesterday's clashes. cnn can't verify the authenticity of these images. >>> the president spoke for 45 minutes on wednesday but made no mention of reforms in syria after two weeks of violent anti-government demonstrations. >>> there were reports of violence in the ivory coast. the country has bee
of the u.s. debate in part of the transfers to the transitional council? >> we haven't made a decision about arming the rebels or arms transfers, so there has not been any need to discuss that at this point. we did discuss nonlethal assistance and discussed ways of trying to enable the transition national council to meet a lot of their financial needs and how we could do that through the international community, given the challenges that sanctions pose, but recognizing they obviously are going to need funds to keep themselves going. we discussed a broad range of matters and certainly their presentation, which some of you may have seen earlier today as to what kind of civil society and political structure they are trying to build until libya, are exactly in line with what they have consistently said were their goals, their commitment to democracy and to a very robust engagement with people from across the spectrum of libyans is, i think, appropriate. we do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this, but, of course, we are gett
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